Nicky's Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.
Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn ́t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.
Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. He was knighted by the Queen Elisabeth II and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed.
Winton's story is a very emotional one, and thousands of children in many countries have decided to follow in his footsteps and do something important. They think up various charity projects and even help in the saving of lives of undernourished and sick children in Cambodia and Africa.
120,000 children in the Czech Republic signed a petition to award Nicholas Winton the Nobel Prize for Peace. Dozens of Winton's "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves.
It is incredible that all these people live due to the heroic deeds of one man – Sir Nicholas Winton. Producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass set out to ensure these fascinating, little-known stories and precious facts about the rescue mission are not lost to time. They wanted also to show the unique phenomenon that has emerged from Winton's story, how his courageous acts many years ago continue to influence people from all over the world and motivate them to do good.
Their film demonstrates that members of Nicky's Family are not only the thousands of people who owe their lives to Sir Nicholas Winton, but also all those who want to do something positive for our world.
Nicky's Family has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 30 awards - including 14 audience awards from U.S. film festivals!
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Acclaimed documentary Nicky's Family has been awarded the prestigious 2012 FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award for Best Use of Archive. This award was given Sunday, September 30th at the British Film Institute in London, as a part of the 2012 FIAT/IFTA World Conference.
The film's subject, 103-year old Sir Nicholas Winton, was present in London to accept the award, alongside filmmakers Matej Mináč and Patrik Pašš.
The highly-acclaimed documentary Nicky's Family was awarded the SIGNIS Special Prize at the 64th Prix Italia International Competition for Radio, Televison and Web, announced in Italy on Friday, September 21st, 2012.
SIGNIS, also known as the World Catholic Association for Communication, is a non-governmental organization that includes members from 140 countries. Each year SIGNIS awards its special prize to the programme in competition that best contributes to the promotion of human values.
"Engrossing, fascinating and moving. Nicky's Family deserves to be widely seen. The story, once nearly forgotten, emerges as one of the great tales of survival against all odds."Read more
"Movie teaches Siouxland students tolerance"
It was an operation, an obsession, that these kids can't imagine some 70-years later. Kelly Vondrak, 8th Grader said, "I thought that was amazing... that one person could save that many lives and make that big of a difference." Rebekah Breyfogle, 8th Grader said, "I think he was a very inspiring man to have the courage to change the world."
"So inspiring and deeply moving, you’ll want to be part of this “Family.” Winton turned out to be an extraordinary human being when it counted the most. (Director Matej) Minac brings Winton’s scrapbook to life with notable artistry."Read more